הפועל גליל עליון
Hapoel Galil-Elyon
LeaguesIsraeli Premier League
Founded1978; 43 years ago (1978)
HistoryHapoel Galil Elyon
1978–2008, 2009–present
ArenaHeihal HaPais
Capacity2,200
LocationKfar Blum, Israel
Team colorsRed and white
PresidentNir Wasserman
Team captainAlon Sapir
Championships1 Israeli Championship
2 Israeli State Cups

Hapoel Galil Elyon (Hebrew: הפועל גליל עליון‎) is an Israeli basketball club. The team competes in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, the top tier of Israeli basketball. The team represents the north-east region of the country – the Upper Galilee, and the Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights.

In June 2008, the club rights in the Israeli Basketball Premier League transferred to Hapoel Gilboa (which had previously been merged with Hapoel Afula, which regained their independence) to form a new club, Hapoel Gilboa Galil, which represents the Gilboa and Lower Galilee regions. The team was re-established in 2009.[1]

History

American-Israeli Brad Leaf played for 12 years for Hapoel Galil Elyon.[2][3][4] He won the Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP award in 1989-90.[4] In both 1989-90 and 1991-92 he was voted a member of the Israeli Basketball Premier League Quintet, an award given to the five best players of each season of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[5]

In 1992–93 the club, then coached by Pini Gershon – became the first club based outside Tel Aviv to win the Israeli Championship, ending Maccabi Tel Aviv's 23-year winning streak. They also won the State Cup twice, in 1988 and 1992.

Between 1990 and 2008, several of the Israel's most successful basketball players came through the club, including Nadav Henefeld, Oded Kattash, Doron Sheffer, Gur Shelef, Lior Eliyahu, and Sharon Sasson, earning the team the nickname "the Israeli basketball college".

Honours

Total titles: 3

Current roster

Hapoel Galil Elyon roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 2 Nigeria United States Iroegbu, Ike 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1995-03-14)14 March 1995
G/F 5 Israel Levin, Yuval 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (2003-09-21)21 September 2003
G 9 Israel Tal, Omer 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 29 – (1992-10-15)15 October 1992
F 12 Israel United States Eisendorf, Isaiah 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1996-07-09)9 July 1996
F/C 13 Israel Chachashvili, Gabriel 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 21 – (1999-12-08)8 December 1999
G 14 Israel Guy, Chen 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (2000-12-25)25 December 2000
PF 15 Israel Levi, Nimrod 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995
PG 16 Israel Cohen, Ron 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 19 – (2002-07-13)13 July 2002
F 18 Israel Sapir, Alon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – (1994-03-26)26 March 1994
PF 32 United States Washington, Bryce 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1996-01-25)25 January 1996
G/F 40 United States Lewis, Chavaughn 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 28 – (1993-02-01)1 February 1993
Head coach
  • Israel Barak Peleg
Assistant coach(es)
  • Israel Avishai Gordon
  • Israel Noam Cohen

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: September 10, 2021

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Notable coaches

References

  1. ^ Hapoel Galil Elion - About
  2. ^ "Euroleague Qualifying Rounds team profile: Hapoel Galil Gilboa". EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Leaf Happy to be "Home" in Indiana". Indiana Pacers. June 23, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Israel-born T.J. Leaf drafted by NBA's Pacers in first round". Times of Israel. June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Marks, Jon (March 18, 2018). "Meet the NBA's Israeli-born rookie, a 6' 10" forward named T.J. Leaf". Times of Israel. Retrieved October 25, 2020.